Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Making The Best Of A Bad Situation...

Today was the last day my Brother could be here, he will return to Cali and I shall have to update him on the condition of our Mom as things progress.  It was very difficult saying Good-bye in the midst of a major Family Crisis where the outcome is unknown and so volatile.  We are Praying for a safe trip Home for him and that he will be able to obtain the resources to come back since it is his Heart's desire to be here for our Mom and in support of the extended Family.

But we have been making the best of a bad situation.  With distance and his own serious health complications separating and limiting us for so many years it is rare that we get that quality time together anymore.  We grew up very close and have always been best of Friends and Soul Mates even though we are as different as Ying and Yang.  So even though this has been a most difficult time, and a Vacation trip initially intended to celebrate Mom's Birthday turned into so much unexpected drama and personal pain, we have spent countless hours together at the Hospital and in support of each other while standing vigil with our Mom.  We have shared more meals than we have in countless years... we have sat and endlessly talked and shared our Hearts during the hours when we couldn't be in her ICU room but remained at the Hospital from Sunup to Sundown.  St. Josephs is a beautiful Hospital, they Minister to Patients and their Families in a Spiritual manner as well as medically.  There is a beautiful Chapel and Gardens to spend reflective time and Prayer in... Musicians come in to play the Piano and Harp in the Main Lobby which is very soothing during times when your anxiety level can be through the roof and you are emotionally raw and feeling quite vulnerable and helpless.  The Staff has been wonderful and caring, so we know Mom is in the best setting she could be as she battles this situation and she's in good hands.

Every so often we all needed to just come together in support of each other... take our minds off the crisis at hand... experience some Joy... enjoy each other at Home in our Haven or 'get away' from the Hospital setting for a brief respite.  Thankfully some of the Historic and Antique Shopping District is near the Hospital...  and it was a relief to lose yourself mentally and take your mind off things at hand that you are facing.  My Brother is as passionate about Collecting, Junquing and discovering Found Treasures as I am... it's obviously in the Blood! *Winks*  So it has been memorable to spend brief time together browsing a few fav Shops near the Hospital and helping him to find that one special item at a bargain to take Home to add to his Collection.  He has one of the largest Yoda Collections known to Man! *Smiles*  Apparently Arizona prices are a bargain compared to his neck of the woods and he was delighted to find that special piece at a fraction of the cost it would have been in Cali... AND it was further marked down 35% that day... it made for a bright spot in a dark time.
And don't we always look for that my friends?  That bright spot, however small it may be in the darkness.  Because after all, there is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle. (Robert Alden)  You can find Joy and Beauty even during the most difficult of times, you just have to make more of a conscious decision to look for it, seek it, savor it, hold onto it or just create it and spread it around.

The Man will be coming Home early on Emergency Leave from Alaska... it will be a long drive and may take as long as a week, we are Praying for a safe trip for him on his way Home and I'm eager to be reunited.  We will be glad to have him Home early and present during this most difficult and trying time, though the circumstances surrounding his early homecoming make it particularly bittersweet. We've got several other important issues we are facing right now along with Mom's situation so I really need him here and I'm thankful he could manage to make it back ahead of schedule.  We're just taking it one moment at a time and Trusting the Lord with the outcome...

Dawn... The Bohemian

“God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for tears, and light for the way.”

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. Og Mandino

When you have come to the edge Of all light that you know and are about to drop off into the darkness Of the unknown, Faith is knowing One of two things will happen: There will be something solid to stand on or You will be taught to fly. Patrick Overton

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful statues in a beautiful setting! I hope all will be well! Saying a prayer for you and your family.


A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

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